Why do you belong at IU?
The second I stepped foot onto this campus for my first visit it just felt right, and that feeling has never left me. This university has become like a second home to me. One of the main reasons that I know I belong to IU is because even though it's a Big Ten school with the same number of students as other schools in the conference, it's in a smaller town like Bloomington where the people that live here truly embrace and support this school making it the ultimate college town. From living in the Kelley Living Learning Community, to meeting so many wonderful people and even getting involved I've never regretted being a Hoosier.
What do you like most about your major or scholarship program?
I haven't really gotten into my major classes yet, but through my experience in the Junior Executive Institute (JEI) before I came to IU, I learned a lot about International Business and Marketing which helps me know that I am going to enjoy those classes that much more.¬ The Hudson & Holland Scholarship Program (HHSP) has been definitely a blessing to me especially as an out of state student. The program made my transition into college that much easier with many different resources such as, mentoring and academic advising throughout the year. I also like the fact that students' accomplishments are recognized by the HHSP staff, and also that a good GPA standing could possibly be rewarded with a scholarship enhancement.
What is an interesting fact about you that most people would find surprising or unexpected?
I have the exact same birth mark in the exact same spot as my father and grandfather.
Where is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus would have to be the arboretum. Just walking through the area especially when spring and summer hit is where you really get a sense of how beautiful this campus is.
What is your favorite thing about Bloomington?
Bloomington is the ultimate college town. Other schools that are the size of IU can't boast such a small town vibe where students on campus can get involved in volunteering or working in order to make Bloomington that much of a stronger community. They embrace a strong connection between community and the campus is something that I feel is unparralled in comparison with other schools across the country.
Tell us about your family.
I have a younger brother that will be a sophomore in high school this year. He plays basketball year round, is involved in organizations and is also an Honors student. My brother is such an incredible young man. He's so driven, ambitious and has such a good head on his shoulders at only 15 years of age. Although he's younger than me, I admire so many qualities about him and look up to him in many ways. My father is a Professional Sales Manager for Procter & Gamble, and my mother is a Professional Civil Engineer for CDM. Any phenomenal attribute that others notice about me comes directly from my parents. My drive, motivation, and compassion are some of the qualities that I've acquired due to the incredible job they did raising me. My family truly means the world to me, and I don't know what I would do without them.
What is the best college experience you have had so far?
I don't have one specific experience that has been the best thus far because my entire freshman year could not have been any better. The transition from life in Cincinnati to life here at IU was very hard at first, but as time went on things only got better. I could not have asked for a better place to live during my first year than on my Bryan 200 floor within the Kelley Living Learning Community. We had our fair share of challenges and triumphs, but throughout it all we were very supportive and loving of one another just like a family which is why we became so close. I learned so much from my B2 family, and they will always hold a special place in my heart. I also met some incredible people outside of where I lived that I became very close with in such a short period of time. We made frequent visits to see each other over the summer, and I know that I've met some lifelong friends. With the different organizations that I became involved in, I also had the opportunity to take on leadership positions and push myself outside of academics which was really rewarding.
What do you want to do after you graduate?
That's a question that really won't have an answer until that day comes. Right now, I'm really looking into two options. If I get a job offer that I could see turning into a career of longevity then I'm definitely not passing up on it. However, I'm also considering going to graduate school preferably on the East Coast.
What music are you currently listening to?
I'm currently listening to Beyonc√©, Jay Z and Kayne West, Adele, Wale, Katy Perry and Chris Brown. Also, my music list would not be complete without Janet Jackson. She's one of my music idols.
What is your advice to students interested in Indiana University?
I know that this is said over and over again, but it's really imperative to make a VISIT to the campus. Even if you're considering other schools along with IU, it is even more reason to come see IU for yourself just to make sure that it's the right school for you. As I said before, the second I stepped foot onto this campus it just felt right and look at how great it's turned out, but I would not have realized that without making it a priority to come visit. I would also say if you're interested in IU, make the decision for yourself.¬ Others around you should play an important part in your decision, but don't let them influence you in such a way that you ultimately spend the next four years of your life at a school that doesn't fit you. My last word of advice is that IU is surrounded by such a great community and will provide you with a wealth of resources, a diverse group of people to meet and learn from as well as many great opportunities both academically and socially. Once you make the decision to become a Hoosier you will never regret it, trust me.